September is National Preparedness Month. It is a great time to reflect upon our emergency preparations. Water, shelter, and communication are the three basic necessities we can start with for numerous emergencies, such as natural disasters, a pandemic of diseases, and terrorism.
KCLS offers Emergency Preparedness classes and a workshop in which you can learn about local hazards (earthquake, flooding, and winter/severe storms) and family communications. Community involvement is also in focus.
King County provides a web page for emergencies and dangers, on which activity books (English) and survivor stories in comics (English, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese) are available. These books help children and immigrants to be engaged. A list of preparations for region-specific emergencies contains a lot of practical tips, including how to deal with power outages and how to create emergency toilets. Print the pages with necessary information and keep them in a 3-ring binder!
Ready is a national public service campaign to guide us in preparing for any disasters. Ready's earthquake page describes what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. The American Red Cross also has a helpful page on flood safety/flood preparedness.
The following books on KCLS shelves are also useful in preparing for and dealing with emergencies, especially in power outages. (Tip: For more books, search our catalog for "preparedness" as a subject, not just a keyword.)
Specifically for city dwellers, this book covers urban threats, various emergency plans, essentials, shelters, defense, and escape. The author's checklists are handy.
A three-day supply is not enough! Can you be prepared to survive 2 weeks while waiting for help? An encyclopedia of preparedness, this is a large book, size 8-1/2 x 11" with 632 pages.
Prepper is a term for a self-sufficient person. Cobb's Prepper series books are filled with practical advice and encouragement to get you where you need to be as a prepper.
With careful preparation and practice, our communities will survive!